Three blind mice. See how they run. That might have been running through Conservative MP Pauline Latham's mind as she returned from her Christmas break to find her House of Commons office desk peppered with mouse droppings and urine.
Latham expressed her worries, saying: "I just don’t want to be here – I am frightened to switch the lights on in my office and see them scuttle away". This in spite of the fact that she, perhaps ironically, kept mice as a child. "I can cope with mice outdoors but in my house or in my own space, I just can’t bear it. Some people are like that with spiders".
She declined to try and raise the issue in the Commons fearing that a solution would take too long to materialise because so many member offices were affected.
Reports of vermin taking up residence in the Houses of Parliament are not uncommon. In July of last year The Mirror reported that the summer heatwave combined with a rubbish pile-up had helped expand the community of rats and mice, which allowed them to proliferate.
In response to Latham's plight, Commons leader Andrew Lansley joked: "I will scurry to answer but I was just wondering if there were any traps in your question."
Perhaps it's time get Larry the cat, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, on the case?